Courses & Units

Science

Since opening our doors in 1890, we have focused on how we, as individuals and as a society, perceive, understand, and make decisions in the world.

We continue to train, inspire and encourage the people who will tackle some of the world’s most complex challenges – the people who will help create new industries, opportunities and breakthroughs.

A Science degree from the University of Tasmania gives you specific skills and a solid foundation in rational thinking.

You’ll acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills in a range of physical, computational, mathematical, biological and earth sciences. Learning the scientific methods to apply them also means that you gain the skills to meet the needs of industry, business and government agencies and aim towards your chosen career.

In the Bachelor of Science, you choose a major, a minor, four degree electives, six student electives, and two breadth units. During your first year, you’ll learn the fundamental Sciences underpinning your intended Major, introducing you to the scientific method that will lead to advanced knowledge in one or more of the science disciplines. With the exception of Mathematics, a major and minor must be taken from different discipline areas.

We have five specialist schools providing world-class teaching and research. Our researchers are committed to undertaking quality research and developing collaborative links with scientific and business communities. This high-quality new thinking feeds into our teaching and will energise your student experience.

“We have plenty of time for our students on our telescopes. We teach students, including undergraduates, how to do various things...then they can play around and do anything they can think of, even if it’s never been done before.”

Professor John Dickey
Senior Lecturer in Physics



Are you a high achiever and have a passion for science?

Check out our Bachelor of Science Catalyst Program

Why study Science?

If you are driven to discover, if you have the will to meet a challenge or you’re filled with a desire to create something new, Science can provide the way for you to realise your ambitions.

A Science qualification can provide an excellent generalist degree for many graduate positions or can provide the specialist knowledge to pursue focused careers in areas like astronomy, biology, geology, mathematics, zoology, spatial sciences and more. All these courses will encourage you to sink your teeth into study and research, get involved in class discussions and interact with academic staff.

Most jobs and careers and all sectors of a modern economy rely in some way on science, engineering and technology. As a result, a Science degree is one of the most sought after degrees at university and one of the most asked for by employers.

Career profile

"Having access to and support from this team of researchers was definitely the highlight of my experience at the University of Tasmania.":

Billy Beas

Master of Economic Geology
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Career Options

  • Administrative and managerial roles
  • Biochemist
  • Botanist
  • Earth sciences
  • Eco-tourism
  • Environmental consultant
  • Financial analyst
  • Food technologist
  • Geologist
  • Information technologist
  • Marine and aquatic science
  • Mathematician
  • Meteorologist
  • Mining
  • Natural resources manager
  • Pathologist
  • Physicist
  • Plant scientist
  • Researcher
  • Science communicator/education officer
  • Scientific officer
  • Surveyor
  • Zoologist

What can I study?